A Quinnipiac University telephone poll conducted on Feb. 7 found 92 percent of Americans support requiring background checks on all gun purchasers. Obama and gun control advocates in Congress have been pushing heavily for that reform, calling it a common sense step that should be put in place immediately.
“The vast majority of Americans, including a majority of gun owners, support requiring criminal background checks,” said Obama in a speech earlier in the week. Poll results showed that to be the case: 91 percent of people living in a household with a gun said they supported universal background checks, while only 8 percent did not.
But while the poll found overwhelming support for that measure, only 52 percent of people polled said they supported stricter gun laws. Support for other proposals like banning assault weapons or high capacity magazines was split down party lines.
And as for the latest on the NRA’s political muscle? When asked whether the NRA or Obama better reflects their views on guns, 46 percent of people said the NRA and 43 percent said the President.